WISCONSINREPORT.COM (10/09/08) - The John McCain - Sarah Palin campaign tactics have become rougher and rawer than previously as the 2008 Presidential Campaign election date gets closer. The inaccuracies, and, often misleading information on the political stump, in advertising, and in interviews on radio and television by the Republican candidates and their surrogates is keeping the Barack Obama camp busy. Some political commentators believe McCain is ramping up the desperate attack because his people see the possibility of the Obama - Biden ticket winning the White House in November. Despite the McCain muckattack, the polls show Obama leading in many states.
There are accusations that attempt to connect Obama with what the McCain camp is referring to as a domestic terrorist. The so-called domestic terrorist was a member of the Weatherman Underground group during the Vietnam War protests of many decades ago. Barack Obama was 8 years old at the time and was not a member of the group. The former Weatherman has since become a respected professor.
Coincidentally, that professor and Obama were on a Board of Directors together when Obama was an adult. That Board had nothing to do with the Weatherman group. In addition, there is no evidence that Barack Obama was ever a member of the Weatherman protesters. However, the McCain candidates and campaign continue to attempt to spread the inaccurate assumption that Obama cannot be trusted as a result of the so-called "connection".
Another false rumor that has been spreading connects Barack Obama with the idea that, if Obama becomes President of the United States, he will take away the guns of hunters and arms enthusiasts. This is a fear that surfaces whenever a Democrat runs for any office. However, it is totally inaccurate.
U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s campaign has begun airing a new radio ad featuring Tony Dean, host of the popular television show Tony Dean Outdoors. The commercial hopes to educate those who fear the worst that what they fear is not based in true fact.
In the 60-second spot, entitled Nothing Better, the lifelong Republican (Tony Dean) urges voters to join him in voting for Barack Obama to “keep our guns and our jobs.”
“You know, I’m a lifelong Republican. But this year, I’m voting for Barack Obama,” Dean says in the ad.
"Barack will protect our Second Amendment rights – our freedom to own guns and defend ourselves. And Barack will protect our jobs too. He’s got a plan to rebuild America," Dean says in the radio commercial.
Dean also rebuffs Senator McCain’s attempts to use false attacks to distract voters from his plans to continue George Bush’s failed economic policies.
"John McCain? Well, he says he’s a straight shooter but his attacks on Barack Obama are way off target," Tony Dean says.
"McCain’s just trying to camouflage his record,” Tony Dean says.
"He’ll keep giving tax breaks to companies shipping American jobs overseas," Tony Dean says about John McCain.
"And McCain voted to deregulate Wall Street – which helped get us into this mess," Dean continues.
"It’s the same old Bush agenda that’s missed the mark," Tony Dean observes.
Senator Obama was endorsed in April by the American Hunters and Shooters Association.
Last month, the Wisconsin Campaign for Change unveiled its Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Obama Steering Committee, a diverse group of hunters, anglers, and conservationists who are leading outreach to fellow sportsmen and women around the state.
And, the battle to get the Obama - Biden truthful message, of what they envision for the future of the country under their leadership, out into the political arena continues, while fighting the less than truthful charges that the McCain candidacy hopes will confuse voters into believing that "Obama is not to be trusted".
Obama campaign spokesperson Tommy Vietor is upset with some of the comments and actions taking place at events held by John McCain and Sarah Palin in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
“It’s now clear that John McCain would rather launch angry, personal attacks than talk about the economy or defend his risky bailout scheme that hands over billions in taxpayer dollars to the same irresponsible Wall Street banks and lenders that got us into this mess – a scheme that guarantees taxpayers will lose money," Obama spokesperson Tommy Vietor said.
"While Barack Obama ensured that the rescue plan that passed Congress protects taxpayers and homeowners, John McCain’s scheme has been panned by experts and observers from across the political spectrum,” said Vietor.
So far, the McCain machine has not confused many people who believe that Obama is the person who can really bring about the "Change" the United States needs at this point in history, and not McCain. The polls, instead, show Obama continuing favorable feelings from likely voters, and, perhaps showing an increase in popularity because of the unfounded "attacks" by McCain and Palin.